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missions to the united states in 1926, he committed an act of violence, and attempted murder in los angeles and was incarcerated in san quentin prison. this becomes a very crucial question as to the veracity of his famous book, "our of the night," in 1941, when eventually appears. immediately it had the following effect on him: krebbs became one of the editors and contributors to the san quentin prisoners magazine. he took lots of extension courses in writing from the university of california and at that point he determined to become a writer. he got all of san quentin in 1929, was deported, went back to europe and got caught up again and communist activities. according to him, he was thrown into jail by the nazis from which he escaped by the following routt: he converted to nazism, the nazis let him out so he could go out and be as it were a double agent for his former communist allies. they, however, didn't think there was anything phony about his -- about his conversion. and under these circumstances, he said he chased by the secret police, both of russia and of germany. he took off wi
year in the united states congress and i am privileged to be able to sit on the financial services committee. and who would've known that for the last two, three years that financial services committee would be the center of the universe when it comes to taking a look at what's happening with the economic meltdown that so many americans have had to deal with and look at. joining me today is an author of a great new book that i know everyone will be interested in, it's called "architects of ruin." and the author is mr. peter schweizer. he will join us today to talk a little bit about what happened with the economic meltdown, how did we get here, who are the key players, what are we going to do and how do we get out so we can get back into prosperity. peter, i want to thank you for joining me today. and for booktv. so let's talk a bit about your book, "architects of ruin." how long has been a? >> just a couple of weeks. >> what have you been hearing from people so far? >> it's interesting to a lot of people reaction, a lot of people were surprised with the information in the book. i
that i've had for a long time. particularly because i taught for five years at the united states military academy. and raised a in that amount, five years of young leaders who served in iraq, who have also served in afghanistan, and who have made an important contribution to the military of the nation. >> host: absolutely. i'm sure you've seen many of them. >> i have to say it's the most humbling and exciting experience to go into a theater of war and to see someone who you last saw as young cadet in command of soldiers. in fact, i had quite an experience going to visit a very good student, someone whom i had mentored very closely in may 2007 when he was commanding a company in southern baghdad. and i have to say, to see him in command, was as i said, one of the most humbling experiences. it really is unusual for a civilian to be able to see the fruits of teaching officership. >> host: right in the heart of it, southern baghdad. we will get to that. i think in reading this book, if i was a casual observer, i would still have no idea the extent to which you yourself were involved in the su
to not come from the south of the united states or they tend to be refugees from the south. jackie robinson away from georgia to pasadena california, or curt flood who came from oakland california. i was just talking to someone about that the other day the way that when marvin miller was looking for someone to challenge, he was looking for an african-american athlete not from the south but was influenced by the broad tenor of the times. it seems sugar ray robinson was very influenced by what it meant to live in harlem at the time. and harlem is in many ways a character in the story. and people should know that this is not a typical biography. it is certainly not a typical sports biography. you have marvelous personifications of harlem, jazz music and "esquire" magazine and the in affect become characters in the story. why is it important to understand harlem to understand sugar ray robinson? >> guest: people always say a statement, people always say he had such style or she had such style, well what does that mean? i was intrigued with that. >> host: what is style? >> guest: yeah, what is s
. have been to congress will then, there was disparity in home ownership in lending in the united states parkway broke down between the ethnic minorities and other american is. >> host: that was redlining. >> guest: the argument was the reason we had the gap is because banks are racially discriminating against hispanics and african-americans. the problem with the very as there is not much evidence to support it. when you look at the data, you find black owned banks had a worse lending record to minority communities it was not on racial grounds. >> host: is that because they did not have sufficient money? >> guest: because unfortunately those committees 10 to have more problems with credit. the federal reserve has done studies that show white americans 21% have bad credits they have defaulted or declared bankruptcy but within african-american and hispanic it is more than twice the level. the problem is you have credit issues but the activist ignore that and they said this is about racism and racial discrimination in. in order to close the gap we will reduce lending standards and force the
a certain tree before someone else knows. >> of like the united states congress. let me ask you a question to reedbuck on the minds of millions of americans. right now we are in the most serious economic decline since the great depression. if you add that the number of people who are unemployed and underemployed 17% of american adults were forced is in that position . the first question, nobody could have predicted this. how do you responsd? >> it was absolutely predictable for a lot of reasons. that mentality in the street. the reason the crisis happened was there was a desire to find products and to create access within wall street that made money. they don't really care. it doesn't matter to wall street firms what those are. it turned out that they created assets out of a small amount of sub prime loans. when i say a small amount, i look at it like it's an upside-down pyramid. 1.4 trillion were issued in. what wall street does is takes them and creates new securities not even trading them back and forth. just the creation of the securities. and then what they do is take the securities.
of the united states trying to be, try to run a people's government. and i knew that that kind of record have dried up ignobly had recorded their conversations since nixon. my impression was that they are not keeping the kind of record data that will enable you to really find out today what george bush was really thinking before he went into iraq. you know, we're going to have to make do with the myth and the filters and images. and i wanted to do better than that. i was done that he wanted to do better than that. he was thinking about those things even before he took office. >> host: describe briefly 1972. how well did you know him? >> guest: we live together. were the two texas coordinator he asked if he could bring his new girlfriend, hillary, to our apartment so the three of us got an apartment together. hillary also worked in other states and even bill and i had the time, we were traveling all over like water bugs in the big state of texas. we didn't spend all that much time together. we were technically responsible for the state. we made lots of decisions and getting shellacked the way
do we do? what do we do to create financial institutions that are part of the united states? to do not have the legal behavior, what do we do to have financial solutions play a role so that entrepreneurs and business people can create real goods and services and meaningful jobs? what would you suggest? >> first of all, we have to look at the money given to the system because they did not put strings attached to it. we have to attach strings produce said you needed it and loosen credit, you did it. you need to take a proportion of your capital and there is a discussion now and there is a talk to see if they can control the rest so the government does not have to subsidize but that should be divided out and more capital should be given and also renegotiation should be much easier. not only is credit not listening but if somebody wants to renegotiate a home or their mortgage gumby cannot get anyone on the phone. the process is so exhausting and documents get lost. of these loans became assets. appeared, you cannot even find her the dee bluster property. you basically made to look at t
's history of sports in the united states. >> host: welcome to "after words." i am dave zirin, i am the sports editor for the nation magazine, and i'm absolutely thrilled to be interviewing a man who has written a tremendous biography about the greatest pound for pound boxer of the 20th century. that boxers name is walker smith, jr., better known as sugar ray robinson, and the author is wil haygood. how are you doing? >> guest: good, good to be here. >> host: it's great to have you. i do think this book is actually worthy of sugar ray robinson. it is a tremendous achievement so congratulations right away. >> guest: thank you. >> host: you are not a sports biographer by trade. why did you decide to spend five years of your life writing about sugar ray robinson? >> guest: i had written to previous biographies, one of adam clayton powell, the new york congressman and the other the entertainer, sammy davis jr. so i started thinking if i could find another subject that interested me i would have a trilogy, three major biographies, and i wanted adam hall of course, it politician, sammy da
of the united states where they tend to be refugees and jackie robinson going to california were coming from california i was talking about that the other day the way mark miller was looking someone to challenge a reserve clause he was a few for the african-american athlete who was influenced by the broader 10 or of the times and sugar ray robinson was very influenced and harlem is in very wade -- menu is a character this is not a typical biography. also may not a typical sports biography. you have marvelous personifications of harlem, a jazz music, "esquire" magazine and they become characters in the story. why is it important to understand harlem to understand a sugar ray robinson? >> guest: people always said they had such style. what does that mean? what is style? i just did not want to write a book and tell "the reader" that without giving an explanation of how i grew within him and he grew up in detroit when he was 12 years old and his mother moved him to harlem. the father stayed behind they were always estranged but that is a good point* but the hem and walker smith looked for father
't act we may have the collapse of finance in the united states and the rest of the world. where were they? >> guest: i don't think there were looking at the data. if they were there were choosing to ignore it or act optimistic because that serve the political agenda. you don't want to be the party in power when the crisis happens. if you can sort of push along and will it to not happen and give this, this is how i look at it from the outside, but give a positive spin you can push it on to rally the next guy or the next administration. >> host: he almost got out. >> guest: he almost got out. >> host: he almost made it. >> guest: if it happened at the beginning of 2009 it would have changed. >> host: talk about this whole business of deregulation. during the ten year period wall street spent $105 billion pressuring congress for campaign contributions to deregulate. what impact did all of that deregulation have on the ensuing financial collapse? >> guest: the repeal of a glass-stiegel was the catalyst for what became the collapse and what became a few years later some enron and other sc
on perish for ever. this young man proposed that it is time for the northwest provinces of a united india to conjoin into a muslim state along with bangladesh on the eastern wing of india. in the same treatise, he proposed that these five provinces, punjab, kashmir, baluchistan, become pakistan. so he sort of, this is the act grown in. it is both acronym and it means an urgent land of the pure. so the very basis of this idea was it was to be an ethnic amount commission that it was to bring together all these various peoples that were united by one thing and wanting only. and that was islam. >> host: the obvious question is was that a sufficient basis for a state? in my own time in pakistan, what leapt out at me was when you cross the river which bisects the pakistan north and south, you to transition between two civilizations. west you have really scintillation, and look at the people, the dress, even the blanton case of the food. and then you east, across from the shower at attic for, or islam a bad, and you're in the subcontinent culture. the food is richer, spicer, the colors are more
to the united states are now opposing health care for all. saying it will bring socialized medicine and all skinds of ills. we have 46 million americans who don't have health coverage that will grow to 50 million or more, so people who have
. this is one reason 30% of realtors in the united states don't have health insurance. mr. wagner, the realtors are not alone. millions of americans face this uh sin -- unsustainable health insurance system where if they can get coverage, it's pricing itself beyond their reach. we need change we need competition and choice, and that's what the affordable health care for america act does. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute mr. lungren: 23 you were to write a reform of the health care system of oamerica, you wouldn't have a the pelosi bill. if you were to write the health care bill for liberal san francisco, you'd have the pelosi bill. why? it would cost too much, it would tax too much, it would be heavy on government, it would be wild on bureaucracy, it would contain 3,425 separate uses of the word mandate. 3,424 times the government is going to tell you what to do. 3,425 times we're giving power to the federal government t
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